Mediums: acrylics on canvas
Favorite Quote: "You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you" Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927)
Favorite Books: The Slight Edge - Jeff Olsen, Go for Gold - John C Maxwell
Favorite Movies: Salt, The Lion King :)
Music: When creating I love listening to the raw voice of artist Lana Del Rey. Melbourne band The Paper Kites are also on my shuffle list when creating! When I listen to these two artists I feel energized, inspired, and simply get lost in the moment.Perfect for creating. :)
FREEDOM © Jasmine Hambling
Inspired by the movement of subverting mediocrity and finding freedom.
If you have a job besides being an artist, can you tell us about it?
I currently work full-time in retail as a store manager for a candle and home decor brand. It has been a challenge to make time outside of work hours to develop my art business however small steps everyday have kept me moving towards my goals of a fulltime artist and art business entrepreneur.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
Through my art I am trying to convey to viewers that their individual dreams are not lost and are worth fighting for. Being who they want to be is just as essential to their lives as breathing. Imagine how rich, inspiring, and compassionate the world would be if people were embracing their own individuality, dreaming bigger, and simply loving others.
DON'T BE NORMAL © Jasmine Hambling
Escaping the idea of following society just because it is safe, normal, comfortable.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
My creative process begins by recognizing an emotional connection with something that has inspired me or challenged me. I'll then seek to internalize this experience and work on how to best translate this onto canvas.
Occasionally an artwork will change from the original idea into something else if I am working on it for a longer period of time, as was the case with 'FREEDOM' 2013. The message only came to me when it was 95% complete and once it did I knew what this artwork was created for. So far all my artwork features a reflection of a challenge I am working through or a synchronicity which has inspired me. Very few of my artwork takes me longer than a week or two, once I am in the moment I can't stop!
What things inspire you to create art?
Many things inspire me to create art, however I have learnt to surround myself with the things that inspire me the most. First and foremost, associating myself with other creatives, entrepreneurs, difference makers on a weekly basis keeps me connected to big dreamers and fuels my positivity and happiness. I am less creative when I am stressed and flustered.
I am most inspired when we are simply having conversations which don't start and finish with an agenda. We simply connect, listen, and share. Being a part of another's dreams and goals is inspiration even if they are simply voicing what they are and I am not involved in the manifestation of them personally. Two simple words 'dream big' sums up the core of my inspiration.
Secondly, music! Especially Lana Del Rey. I love her raw emotion in her music. She is an artist.
What exhibitions have you had?
I picked up a paint brush for the first time in six years only last year, so my exhibition list is short (for now!)
- September 2013 - RAW Natural Born Artists Brisbane showcase Translations. www.rawartist.org
- January 2014 - RAW Natural Born Artist ANNUAL AWARDS SHOW. Invited back as Director's Favourite showcased as visual artist.
- February 2014 - RAW Natural Born Artist Byron Bay showcase Awakening
-March 23rd 2014 - Urban Canvas Gold Coast, their first ever event! Showcasing as visual artist.
Have you sold any of your artworks?
Since starting a collection mid 2013 I have sold one original artwork titled "Don't Be Normal" 2013. This was sold at the RAW Natural Born Artist Annual Awards show in January 2014.
How do you promote your art on the internet?
I am currently developing my online presence as an artist and so far my art is promoted on my own website (www.jasminehambling.com), through Facebook (www.facebook.com/jasminehamblingillustration) and a couple of other websites such as iamacreativ.com and now artpromotivate.com!
Tell us about influences
Without exception my parents and fiancée influences me the most. My mother is also a visual artist and always encouraged me since I was little to explore creativity. My parents encouraged us kids to pursue our own passion and continue to support us every step of the way. My fiancée Sam McFarland is also an influence in my life. He is business minded, dreams big, leads by example in developing leadership and always has compassion for people.
Please recommend another artist you admire.
Another artist I admire is Zarah Abraham a self-taught artist based in Germany/Ecuador. I haven't met her in person and only recently discovered her work but it is just beautiful. She gets so involved in her artwork you can feel she is at one with what she is creating. She exudes grace when creating as seen in her time lapse videos and her work is bold. You can check her out here at (make sure you watch her time lapses!) https://www.facebook.com/ZARAH.ABRAHAM.art
Tell us something interesting in your life
I love to travel and explore new places. I love going off the beaten track to discover wonder and new things! SO far I have traveled to Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Cambodia and Fiji. At the end of 2015 we are getting married in Fiji and then off to Vietnam for a month! We can't wait to explore and get lost in a different world.
If you could live your life over again, would there be anything you would do differently?
If I could live my life over again I would love myself sooner and stop wasting time to get things done! I also wouldn't have given up on creating for several years after university. I now recognize that was the core reason for my depression during those years and I am so blessed to have found happiness again as a result of picking up a paintbrush last year and working on what I was born to do.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
My short term goals for this year is to develop a large collection of artworks and share them with people around Australia and begin the journey of sharing them throughout the world. I will also develop my brand as an artist and creative business owner. There is much to learn which I a little daunting however small steps every day make for a bigger result.
A long term goal is to open an art studio where I will provide spaces for artists to create and block out other influences, have access to mentorship in business and personal development to refine their art business is that is what they choose, and use the space as a tool to host events to showcase their talent.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Some good advice for emerging artists is to not look sideways in comparison of other artist's work. Keep looking forward and moving towards your goals (which should be written down!) and find joy in what you are creating.
Connect with other creatives, difference makers, or people who encourage you and inspire you to go for what you want.
One of my affirmations I read daily is 'I have the freedom to pursue my own passions, on my own terms, everyday".
Also, dream bigger!!!